Fiji Festivals and Events

Discover Fiji's top festivals held to celebrate cultural or significant historical events.


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Kava Ceremony, Fiji

Kava Ceremony, Fiji – Image courtesy of Fiji Visitors Bureau

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A range of festivals are held in Fiji to celebrate cultural and/or significant historical events, including the following…

Bula Festival

(July, annual) – Join the celebrations in the annual Bula Festival, with marching bands, Pacific dancing, the Miss Bula competition, a Bollywood night and many other fun-filled events; held in Nadi.

Sugar Festival

(late-August to early-September) – Join the fun as Fijians celebrate the annual Sugar Festival with brass bands, fun fair rides and a Miss Sugar competition; held in Fiji's sugar-rich hub of Lautoka.

Fiji Ocean Swim Festival

(October) – Get wet at the annual swimming competition on Malolo Lailai Island with 1.5km and 3km practise sessions on Saturday, followed by the main event on Sunday – a 10km race around the island.

The fastest male and female competitors each receive a trophy and a return airline ticket to the following year's Ocean Swim.


(October) – Watch this magical spectacle come alive at nightfall as the islands' Hindus celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with ornate light and candle decorations.


Marvel at the ancient ceremony of firewalking, which is re-enacted every Wednesday (from 6.30pm) at the Sheraton Fiji Resort in Denarau.

Note: You do not need to be a hotel guest to see the firewalking – everybody is welcome. Alternatively, head to the villages along the south coast of Beqa Island, where firewalking ceremonies are still performed on special occasions in accordance to the traditions of the Sawau tribe.

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